Lithuania is located in the north of Europe on the Baltic Sea, Lithuania provides international students a perfect blend of multicultural influences, with a complex past and modern, cosmopolitan student cities. It is also home to one of the fastest-growing economies in the European Union. Lithuania offers lower living costs than many Western European countries, and its people are some of the most bilingual and well-educated in Europe. It’s also *relatively* mild, despite its northern location, and an ideal choice for nature-lovers, with a lush mix of forests, gently rolling hills, rivers, streams and lakes. Above all, tuition fees are low and affordable in Lithuania.
Before submitting an application to study in Lithuania, you’ll need to make sure your qualifications will be accepted for your selected level of study. You’ll require a school leaving certificate (or equivalent) if applying for (bachelor’s) degrees, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent for second cycle (master’s) programs and a master’s degree if applying for a third cycle (PhD) program. As a n international student, your submitted documents will need to be evaluated and recognized by the Lithuanian Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (CQAHE), for which you’ll need to submit original copies of your diploma and academic transcript.
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Lithuanian nationals, people of Lithuanian origin and students from the EU/EEA are eligible to apply through the Lithuanian Higher Education Institutions (LAMA BPO) for state-funded places at universities in Lithuania, which should be done between 1 June and 23 July.
If you’re from a country outside of the EU/EEA, you will need to apply directly to your chosen university, submitting all the required documents:
- Completed application form
- Certificate of education (which has been recognized by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education)
- CV and letter of motivation
- Copy of your passport, certified by a Commissioner of Oaths
- Photographs of yourself
- A receipt proving that the application and tuition fees have been paid
- Bank statements proving that you are able to cover your tuition fees and living costs while studying in Lithuania
Fees charged at Lithuanian universities vary between universities, study levels and programs. Average rates are shown below:
- €1,000-5,300 (~US$1,060-5,620) for bachelor’s degrees
- €2,200-6,500 (~US$2,330-6,890) for master’s degrees
- €7,100-8,500 (~US$7,520-9,000) for PhDs
Cost of Living
Lithuania is a fairly cheap country to live in, with Vilnius University estimating costs of €489 (~US$520) per month, or €5,868 (~US$6,240) per year including accommodation, which in student dormitories can be as little as €70 (~US$74) per month.
Student Visa Requirements
Students from the EU do not need a student visa. Students from selected non-EU countries such as New Zealand, Australia, the US and Canada (full list here) do not need a visa to enter Lithuania, but should apply for one after arrival. EU students do not need a residence permit, but must register with the Lithuanian Migration Departmentand declare their place of residence at a local district authority (Seniūnija) within seven days of arrival.
If you need a Lithuanian student visa, you’ll need to apply for the National visa (D), which can be single or multiple-entry. All non-EU students also need to apply for a temporary residence permit.You can apply for these at your local Lithuanian embassy for a €60 (~US$64) fee, and will need the following documents:
- Passport valid for at least three months longer than your expected length of stay in Lithuania
- Completed application form
- One recent color photo
- A document proving that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay and fund your journey home at the end of your studies
- A document confirming that you’ve purchased health insurance
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